Health Information Literacy
Health Information Literacy Fact Sheet
"as many as half of all adults in all socio-economic levels struggle
with health literacy"
As a health educator, you know that. But do you know how to find the best information for the situation? Do your clients know how to find the information that will help them make positive health decisions?
A librarian can be your guide to the best information.
The Medical Library Association (MLA) Health Information Literacy Task Force is aware that many people lack the ability to understand and use the information they need to make good health decisions. MLA is committed to working with others to increase health literacy by fostering among health professionals, educators, and librarians an understanding of the role that health information literacy plays in empowering people to read, understand, and act.
Health information literacy is the set of abilities needed to:
To find out more about health information literacy and how librarians can help you be a more effective care provider and health educator, visit www.mlanet.org/resources/healthlit/.
Questions or suggestions about partnering with the library community to increase the public's health information literacy are welcome. Send your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a printable version of this fact sheet .
Medical Library Association
Last Updated: 2007 May 23